This is the EyeStop Bus Stop developed by MIT’s Senseable Lab.

The EyeStop is partially covered with touch-sensitive e-INK and screens, and features state-of-the art sensing technologies and a variety of interactive services. Riders can plan a bus trip on an interactive map,  surf the Web, monitor their real-time exposure to pollutants and use their mobile devices as an interface with the bus shelter. They can also post ads and community announcements to an electronic bulletin board at the bus stop, enhancing the EyeStop’s functionality as a community gathering space.


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12 Responses to Pic ‘O the Day: Re-imagining the Bus Stop

  1. B says:

    Pretty cool, looks like something straight out of Star Trek! Though I’d settle for simple wifi at major bus stops and transfer points, and on Metrorail platforms, like what we have aboard Metrorail trains and some busses now.


  2. Tony Garcia says:



  3. John says:

    I saw this rendering a little over two years ago


  4. Brad Knoefler says:

    The only problem is that our Government sees bus stops as advertising rather than shelter and serving the needs of commuters. Great idea, too bad it would never be implemented here.


  5. C says:

    I just want shade, clear glass is not the answer.


  6. Felipe Azenha says:

    Baby steps. All I want are shelters. Is that so wrong? The next bus timer is a nice feature.


  7. Mike Moskos says:

    I agree with “C”; whether there’s a shelter, a bench or neither, tree shade is the most important thing.

    Putting real time info. on shelters is pretty expensive; an engineer attending a transit meeting in Broward told me a cheaper way: Most transit users carry a cell phone and buses have GPS. So, you simply put a number on each bus stop sign. Text the number and it comes back with a message that tells you a.) when the bus(es) were last there and b.) when it/they will come again. Ideally, add an additional number (say add number “2” to the number on the sign) and it will tell you when all the buses around that stop will arrive so you can choose another bus nearby (convenient if you just missed your preferred bus, but can take another one that stops around the corner).

    But the shelter is cool looking.


  8. Brad Knoefler says:

    “most transit users carry cellphone and a GPS? I waHave you ridden transit in S. Florida? The reason that most people ride transit in Miami-Dade is that they can’t afford a car or can’t drive. This just illustrates the divide and difference in perception and the reality that those of us who DO LIVE IN THE URBAN CORE deal with on a daily basis.


  9. Tony Garcia says:

    Guys this is academic….no one said they were being installed anywhere….its just cool looking…nothing more.


  10. Felipe Azenha says:

    They are cool looking, but Brad makes a great point, many people using public transit do not own a cell phone because they can’t afford it.


  11. Cody says:

    I doubt most MDT riders don’t have cell phones. It’s 2011, everyone has a cell phone these days. Even if it’s an old, rickety phone, all phones have text message capabilities, some may just choose to not pay for that service.

    That said, I agree with Mike Moskos. Maybe getting real time info signs at all our bus stops is unrealistic because it’s too expensive, at least having this text message service would help alleviate the issue of not knowing when the next bus is coming for the majority of us.


  12. stephane says:

    People in a bus cant afford a cell phone? That is simply NOT TRUE. I am sitting in the back on an S bus on collins and judging from the 10 in my nearest proximity.. all of them are using their smart phones: blackberrys, android, iphone 4, you name it. Nobody even seems to have an old flip dumb phone anymore. Do you even RIDE the bus to assert that people riding. a bus cant afford it???


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